As quickly as FOX could unroll the red carpet for the 2011 American Country Awards, the stars started rolling in. Monday, Dec. 5, marks the second annual event, which has dug its roots in Las Vegas rather than Nashville like most of the other country music awards shows.

The Band Perry, ‘American Idol’ runner-up Lauren Alaina, Miranda Lambert, Thompson Square, the JaneDear Girls and ‘Storm Warning’ hitmaker Hunter Hayes were just a few of the early arrivals, each sparkling in their Sunday best and more excited than the next. Additionally, Trace Adkins — who is co-hosting the newcomer event with Kristin Chenoweth — made his stag walk down the red carpet and into the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

See pictures of all of them and more right in our red carpet gallery!